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Ruling On Legislative District Challenge Several Weeks Away PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Closing arguments were heard Friday in the challenge to North Carolina's legislative districts, with a ruling not expected for several weeks.

At the heart of the case before a Greensboro federal court is whether lawmakers drew too many districts with majorities of the African-American voting-age population. More than two dozen are in question.

A separate case has challenged the legality of two congressional districts. A court ruled Districts 1 and 12 were wrongly drawn with race as the key factor and ordered new districts. That new map has been submittted for approval. A June 7 congressional primary has been scheduled based on the new map.

 
Poll: Dan Blue III Leads Dale Folwell In Race For Open Treasurer's Seat PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 April 2016 05:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The former head of the Wake County Democratic Party is in the lead for the open state Treasurer's seat, according to polling data from North State Journal.

Dan Blue III leads his Republican opponent Dale Folwell, 21 to 15 percent. A huge portion of those polled -- 63 percent -- remain undecided.

Folwell is a former Forsyth County legislator and executive in the state's Commerce department. He is the person who oversaw the state's repayment of its $2 billion debt to the federal government for money borrowed during the Perdue administration to pay unemployment benefits.

Blue is seen as an up-and-comer in the Democratic Party known for playing a key role in the Kay Hagan re-election campaing. He is the son of Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue.

 
Deborah Ross Leads Richard Burr In Fundraising For 1st Quarter PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 April 2016 05:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross raised $1.3 million in the first quarter, compared to $1.1 million raised by Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr.

It's not yet clear how the cash haul will impact cash on hand data.

Ross started 2016 with less than half a million in the bank. A Burr official told the Raleigh News & Observer the campaign had $5.8 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter.

Ross has been endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Early polls have showed Burr with a lead in the race.

 
NC Supreme Court Hears Case On Challenge To Retention Election For Justices PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 05:08

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Does the North Carolina Constitution require Supreme Court justices to be elected in a traditional race, or was the General Assembly acting within its power when it passed a law allowing sitting justices to face only a retention election and not a traditional challenge?

That is the question facing the North Carolina Supreme Court, which heard arguments in this case on Wednesday.

Justice Bob Edmunds has recused himself from the case since his seat is up for re-election this year and thus is subject to the ruling.

Wake County Attorney Sabra Faires and two other people are plaintiffs in the case. She is now running for a seat on the court following a ruling by the Court of Appeals that the legislature overstepped when it changed to a retention election.

Attorneys for the state argued in court that a retention election -- in which the justice doesn't face a challenger but only a thumbs up or thumbs down from voters -- meets the constitutional definition of an election.

Unless the high court rules quickly and overturns the appeals court, a June 7 election will go forward with four people on the ballot for the seat now held by Edmunds. Voters would choose two candidates to go forward to the general election in November.

 
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